Kip T. Bollin - Cleveland
"When we diversify our team of lawyers, we bring both greater perspective to the legal problems we encounter and greater breadth to the solutions we can offer our clients."
Kip is a litigation partner and vice chair of the Diversity & Inclusion Initiative in the Cleveland office. He has been involved in his community in a number of ways including as a tutor for many years at a Cleveland elementary school adopted by Thompson Hine, and as a member of the Free Medical Clinic's Associate Board. Kip is the chair of the Diversity & Inclusion Initiative's communication subcommittee. He is a graduate of the NCCJ LeadDIVERSITY program and a recipient of City Year's Community Champion award. Kip also initiated the Federal Bar Association's now-annual "A Book of Your Own" program which collected and delivered over 30,000 books to Cleveland school students in its first two years. Professionally, Kip defends corporations from product liability actions, mass torts and toxic torts (including claims alleging exposure to silica, welding rod fumes, bacteria and isocyanates), putative class actions, employment-related torts and premises liability actions. His business litigation practice includes major contract and commercial claims, insurance coverage disputes and intellectual property actions.
Tony Brown - Cleveland
"Thompson Hine is different than other law firms because the leadership team here recognizes that diversity is critical to business success. I am proud that we have women and minorities in various leadership positions within the firm, and the firm encourages us to be active leaders in our respective communities. It is understood that by achieving our diversity objectives, we can provide exceptional service to our clients and an outstanding work experience and environment for all of our employees."
Tony is the chief human resource officer and the vice chair of the Diversity & Inclusion Initiative in the Cleveland office. He is responsible for directing all human resources activities including staff compensation and benefits, recruiting, employee relations, organization development, office services and administration, payroll and HRIS.
Z. Ileana Martinez - Atlanta
"I am very pleased to be part of an organization that truly understands the value of diversity and that supports and encourages it, not only with words, but more importantly, with actions. A diverse work force is a win-win proposition for our clients, our firm and our communities."
Ileana is a partner in the firm's Product Liability Litigation, Life Sciences and Business Litigation practice groups and the co-chair of the Diversity & Inclusion Initiative in the Atlanta office. Ileana is a member of the Hispanic Bar Association, Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the Latin American Association.
Mario J. Suarez - New York
"Our focus on diversity benefits both our clients and our firm. As a New Yorker, I am especially proud of our firm's commitment to diversity, as New York City is one of the most diverse cities in the world."
Mario is a partner in the firm's Real Estate practice group and the New York office chair of the Diversity & Inclusion Initiative. He has considerable experience in complex commercial real estate transactions with a particular focus on office leasing deals and international real estate development.
Anthony C. White - Columbus
"For any law firm diversity initiative to be successful, it must have more than just the support of firm management. Firm management must believe that diversity is a central driver of future success at the firm. We have achieved that clarity at Thompson Hine."
Tony is a partner in Thompson Hine's Business Litigation practice group, a member of the firm's Executive Committee and partner-in-charge of the Columbus office. His practice focuses on complex business litigation with an emphasis on employment and transportation/trucking litigation. Tony is a member of the Columbus Bar Association's Managing Partners Diversity Initiative, which focuses on increasing the hiring and retention of minority lawyers at law firms in Central Ohio.